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Divisional Leadership

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research meets frequently with divisional colleagues to strategically plan Johns Hopkins’ research infrastructure. Together with Denis Wirtz, Sue Porterfield, Alexandra McKeown, and Vice Provost and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer Jon Links, these divisional research leaders constitute the Research Oversight Committee.

The Research Oversight Committee’s mission is to provide strategic oversight, coordination, and support to the schools and units to: provide the requisite scientific infrastructure to maximize the rate of discovery and dissemination of new knowledge; and provide research administrative support that facilitates responsible and efficient research with a minimal diversion of faculty time from their research and scholarship.

Peter LewisDr. Peter Lewis
Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
Peter Lewis became the associate dean for academic and faculty affairs in July 2015. In this position, Lewis plays a strategic role in supporting Johns Hopkins SAIS faculty and promoting proactive, data-driven and analytical work to support the School’s academic mission. Lewis had previously served as an Associate Professor and Director of the African Studies Program. His research and teaching has focused on economic reform and political transition in developing countries, with particular emphasis on governance and development in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Janet DiPietroDr. Janet DiPietro
Vice Dean for Research and Faculty
Bloomberg School of Public Health

Janet DiPietro serves as the associate dean for research in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, is a professor in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health in the Bloomberg School, and has a joint appointment in the Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics in the School of Medicine. As a developmental psychologist, her research centers on understanding the origins of human development, the interface between individual differences in development and physiology, and the implications of the prenatal period for postnatal life.

Valerie SuslowDr. Valerie Suslow
Vice Dean for Faculty and Research
Carey Business School

Valerie Suslow joined the Carey Business School in August 2015 as a professor and vice dean of faculty and research. Her academic research has focused on the economics of explicit price fixing and cartel operations, specifically the determinants of cartel duration and how organizational features of cartels contribute to their stability. She has also examined the intersection of international cartel operations, antitrust policy, and international trade policy, as well as the effects of cartels on developing countries.

Dr. Betsy M. Bryan
Vice Dean for Humanities & Social Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

As vice dean for humanities and social sciences, Betsy Bryan serves as a liaison with the chairs of all humanities and social science departments, assisting in faculty hiring and retention, and support the dean in furthering the mission of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She holds the Alexander Badaway Professor of Egyptian Art and Archaeology and currently serves as Director of the Johns Hopkins Archaeological Museum in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. She specializes in the history, art, and archaeology of the New Kingdom in Egypt, ca. 1600-1000 B.C., with a particular emphasis on the 18th Dynasty, ca. 1550-1300 B.C.

John ToscanoDr. John Toscano
Vice Dean for Natural Sciences
Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

As vice dean for natural sciences, John Toscano serves as liaison with the chairs of the school’s natural science departments to ensure the highest quality undergraduate experience, as well as to think through space planning and infrastructure needs and opportunities for interdisciplinary endeavors. He partners with the science chairs and the dean in the recruitment of faculty and issues concerning tenure and promotion, and he represents the school and cultivates ties with other science-intensive divisions of the university, as well as with external institutions for scientific research. As a professor of chemistry in the Krieger School, his main interests are currently focused on the study of the fundamental chemistry and biochemistry of nitroxyl (HNO).

Dr. Amy SheltonAmy Shelton
Associate Dean for Research
School of Education

Amy Shelton is a professor and associate dean for research in the School of Education and the director of research for the Center for Talented Youth. She holds a joint appointment in the School of Medicine and serves on the steering committees for the university-wide Science of Learning Initiative. Her research in cognitive psychology/cognitive neuroscience focuses on spatial skills, individual differences and mechanisms of learning, couched in the broad context of understanding the characterization and needs of the individual learner.

Michael Amey
Sr. Associate Dean for Research Affairs
School of Medicine

Michael Amey has been directing Research Administration at the School of Medicine for more than 30 years. He has played an important role in a number of projects, such as the creation of the Center for Inherited Disease Research, Web-based compliance training, an access to financial information web project, and Institutional Review Board redevelopment. He also has directed research compliance systems planning, development of a clinical research management system and Lean Six Sigma revision of the clinical research process.

Dr. Dan FordDan Ford
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
School of Medicine

Dan Ford has served as the vice dean for clinical research in the School of Medicine since 2005 and is appointed the David M Levine Professor of Medicine with a joint appointment in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. As part of this role, he is the Institutional Official in charge of protection of human subjects for Johns Hopkins Medicine and the IRB committees. He is committed to supporting clinical and translational research across the institution. His research has focused on understanding the relationships between depression and chronic medical conditions, particularly coronary artery disease, and how to improve care for patients with medical comorbidity.

Antony RosenDr. Antony Rosen
Vice Dean for Research
School of Medicine

Antony Rosen oversees the School of Medicine’s multimillion-dollar biomedical research enterprise as the vice dean for research. He is the Mary Betty Stevens Professor of Medicine, Director of the Division of Rheumatology, and holds joint appointments in the departments of Pathology and Cell Biology. He is highly successful in recruiting and mentoring the next generation of clinical and translational investigators who are dedicating their careers to research that will provide new treatment options for patients living with rheumatic diseases. His expertise and research focuses on the mechanisms of autoimmune diseases, with particular emphasis on defining the role of autoantigens in rheumatic diseases such as scleroderma, lupus and arthritis.

Dr. Cheryl Dennison HimmelfarbCheryl Dennison Himmelfarb
Associate Dean for Research
School of Nursing

Cheryl Dennison Himmelfarb is the associate dean for research at the School of Nursing, where she is appointed in the Department of Acute and Chronic Care. Dr. Himmelfarb’s sustained passion and commitment to reducing health disparities and improving the quality of care and outcomes for cardiovascular and critical care patients is seen as a consistent thread throughout her progressive program of research, professional practice, and teaching. Research by Dr. Himmelfarb has led to the development of effective and transferable health system and interdisciplinary team-based strategies to improve the quality of cardiovascular care. She also serves as a deputy director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translation Research.

Dr. Larry NagaharaLarry Nagahara
Associate Dean of Research
Whiting School of Engineering

Larry Nagahara joined the Whiting School of Engineering in 2015 as the associate dean of research. He was formerly the associate director in the Division of Cancer Biology at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. At NCI/NIH, Dr. Nagahara directed and coordinated program and research activities related to the expanding role of the physical sciences in cancer research, including the Physical Sciences-Oncology Center program. He previously served as the nanotechnology projects manager for the NCI’s Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer, where he oversaw the development of promising nano-based diagnostics and therapeutics projects.


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